Fatgirl Slim

Imagine the scene, I’m at the doctors for a routine check up. She took my blood pressure and asked me to step on the scales. That was when the fateful event happened. I looked down. I was a stone heavier than my pre baby weight.

I, obviously, recoiled in horror. My clothes were a bit tight, so I expected to be slightly heavier than pre baby, but not an entire stone!

‘It’s what we expect’, the kindly nurse told me. ‘9months on, 9 months off. You’ll lose half a stone this month, half a stone next month and you’ll be back to your old self before you know it.’ Obviously this cheered me up no end and I left with a smile on my face and spring in my step.

Now, 6 weeks later, Matilda is 8.5 months. Cheered on by the nurses optimistic predictions and the fact that a pair of shorts that were too tight in May now (snuggly) fit, I leaped on the scales. I knew I still wasn’t pre pregnancy weight, after all I still had two weeks to go, but I did NOT expect to see that I had gained 2 pounds since that fateful day at the doctors. #epicfail as the kids say.

This called for drastic action.

Step 1.  Diet


A friend, who was clearly a wielder of torture in a past life, told me that if I was serious about losing weight I needed to do old style Weight Watchers. None of the new smart points namby pamby, apparently. The next day I began recording 2 pts for Weetabix, 1 pt for milk, 1.5 for a banana etc etc. By the evening I was ravenous. Hoping sleep would distract me from imminent starvation I went to bed early. I woke up three times in night due to my growling tummy. This gave me a new found sympathy for hungry babies needing night feeds and a new found respect for anyone who’s dieted themselves slim. The next day I gorged on cake, clotted cream and hot cross buns.  Another #epicfail.


Step 2. Exercise

After my diet fail I changed tactic and tried exercising. Pre baby, exercise was always my default method of weight loss. Feeling podgy, go for a run. Plus I enjoy it.  Sort of, I’m not entirely sure I enjoy the exercise itself but I love that post exercise, slightly smug healthy glow. However, with a baby in tow I find it really hard to squeeze any exercise in. The interrupted nights and early morning wake ups have meant that even when I do get chance there’s been little motivation to don the sports kit.

So, in a bid to fat and lazy change my ways I’ve thrown money at the problem. A little internet research told me a Misfit Shine 2 activity tracker is ideal for exercise conscious mums.


Is this the answer to my prayers? I hope so…

Apparently any walking that’s done whilst pushing a pushchair doesn’t always register on a fitness monitor.  The beauty of the Shine 2 is that it has a handy little clip as well as a wristband so can clip on to your top or belt. I’m a sucker for a target so I’m hoping that it will encourage me to get out and walk more.   It’s day 1 today so I’ll let you know how I go…


I will admit by posting my weighty woes I’m hoping public pressure will spur me on and keep me motivated.  Sort of like how Weight Watchers works,  but without Matthew Lucas telling you to eat dust.  So, if anyone has any miracle (haha!) diet tips or exercise advice, please help…Desperate times and desperate measures and all that!
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5 thoughts on “Fatgirl Slim

  1. runningdaddy253 says:

    Not that I’ve physically had a baby but my work medical highlighted my tubbyness!

    I hijacked slimming worlds diet and lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks. Weird thing is I’ve never felt so constantly full!! No point counting, just east the right foods and Syn certain others 😎

    Word of caution, I have a Fitbit and take everything it says with a pinch of salt!

    Keep it up 🙂 x

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    • Sarah says:

      Haha!! This far on I don’t think I can blame having the baby for being a bit podgier anymore, now it’s purely lack of exercise and too many 4pm treats! Well done on your weight loss, that’s quite an achievement. You’re the second person who’s suggested slimming world, I think I’ll have a look at it.
      Yeah, I’ve avoided fitbits etc up until now thinking they’re not very accurate, but I’m hoping it will make me a bit more conscious of doing more, walking the long way to the shops etc. Every little helps and all that!


  2. Honest Mum says:

    Oh hun, it sounds like she’s put so much pressure on you. Eating a balanced diet without starving yourself and getting exercise in is the only way I’ve found works-something long term. I try and do lower carbs as I have PCOS so it helps with insulin resistance but not no carbs. It took me 2 years to get to pre-baby weight with both x


    • Sarah says:

      Hehe she’s not that bad, but I have reaffirmed that strict diets just don’t work for me. I get a bit obsessed with them and end up ‘rebelling’. I’m much better at trying to have the healthy options but then not beating myself up if I have a g&t or bit of chocolate!
      I think any pressure is coming purely from me and my wardrobe full of lovely clothes that no longer fit, sob sob! But I’m just taking it slow and sensible!! Well done on your weight loss and thank you so much for taking the time to read and your kind words. xxx


  3. randommusings29 says:

    I think the best way to diet is not to calorie count, but to do the whole plate divided thing. Go for a plate smaller than your usual plate then divide it as follows: 50% vegetables, 25% lean protein and 25% complex carbs. You’ll feel so much fuller than with Weight Watchers. Good luck
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂


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